Who Am I?
Who am I? We ask this question all the time but do we really stop to think about the answer. We want to know but are we afraid we won't like what we find out about ourselves. I believe that this is the most important question we can ever ask about ourselves. Knowing the answer will change the way we live and the direction we will take. For the non-Christian truly knowing will drive you to Christ in desperation to be changed but what about the Christian? I think this question scares most Christians because we know that God sees who we really are. We avoid thinking about it by answering in generalities like; "I'm a child of God" or something like that. We do not want to address the issue because if we do then we have to deal with the fact that God sees all the same junk that we see about ourselves. All those things on the inside that no one else sees but we know they are there. Pretty scary don't you think?
I want to address this question and I hope that you will go there with me and take a look deep inside at everything that lies there and what it all means.
First, I want to talk about one of the ways we avoid this deep look inside. How many times have you heard people say, "When God looks at you He doesn't see you He sees Jesus". I think that there is a great fallacy in this statement that causes us to fear. It makes me think of "if you really could see what I was like you couldn't love me" because I know in my heart that God does see everything about me. Now don't get offended if you have used this statement before because I have to and I didn't say it was completely wrong. The fallacy doesn't come so much from the saying as it does from what we think the saying means. I think you will understand better as we go on.
To ask any question we need to start with a foundation of Truth and I only want to touch on one point of that here and follow it to it's conclusion. What I want to look at is the fact that we are spiritual beings.
Gen. 1:27a So God created man in his own image,
Gen. 2:7 And the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul.
A living soul in His image is the foundation of who I am. As a Christian I am a spiritual being that has eternal life.
John 10:28a And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish
have eternal life and I shall never perish. We have established some
great things about who we are here but I want to focus on one for the
moment. I shall never perish! Do you see how important this statement
is? Who you are is eternal and who you are will never perish. This is
a Truth clearly shown in scripture beyond question. Who I am, who you
are is eternal and will never perish. I could say it over and over and
never get tired of hearing it. Makes me want to shout it to the world.
Can I say it again, WHO YOU ARE IS ETERNAL AND WHO YOU ARE WILL NEVER
PERISH. You see what excites me about that is this. If who I truly
am is eternal and will never perish. Based on this when I see myself and
all the junk down inside I can ask myself, is all this stuff I see eternal
or will it be gone one day when this body passes away, if the answer is
no it's not eternal then I can be assured that it is not a part of who
I really am. (Praise God Amen) This is the foundation for answering the
question of who am I. Paul addressed this in Romans.
Romans 7:17 Now then it is no more I that do it, but sin that dwelleth in me. 18For I know that in me (that is, in my flesh,) dwelleth no good thing:
You see God does see who I am and He also sees all the sin and junk I carry around with me in this thing I call my body. I'm in here with the flesh, with sin and all the scares and hurts of a lifetime but none of them are eternal so they are not a part of who I am. All of them have been used to open my eyes to who He is and have endlessly pursued me so that I would have to ask the question, Who am I?, but pursued so I would have to go to Him for the answer. They pursue in the hope that they can keep me from knowing who I am but if I am seeking Him then they will only drive me to Him. God sees me, God sees me, GOD SEES ME! Yes God sees me and when He looks at me He sees Jesus. He sees the branch, which is not the vine but no less a part of the whole. He looks at you and He sees Christ, He sees a finger or a toe not the Head but no less a part of the Body of Christ.
"Who am I?", you ask. You are eternal and you will never perish because you are the Body of Christ.
P. S. I hope you have taken the time to truly consider who you are and what it means to be the Body of Christ. Knowing who we are rather than trying to become something is very important. We will live like who we believe we are so our only hope is that He will open our eyes to see His face for when we see Him we will be like Him because it will be like looking in a mirror.
I would love to hear your thoughts on this. That helps me know if I'm communicating clearly or not and if what I am thinking is getting said.